By Ignacio "Iggy" Rubalcava, USAG Baumholder Public Affairs OfficeMarch 11, 2010
BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander, Installation Management Command, payed a half-day visit to U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder where he spoke to key leaders, visited installation facilities like the commissary, post exchange, housing areas on Smith and Wetzel Kasernes and a 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team barracks and motor pool.
Lynch's wife, Sarah, accompanied the general during the visit and focused her attention on military families and children. She toured the Baumholder Health Clinic, the Teen Center, Army Community Service and together with her husband visited the Post Exchange, Commissary and the Military Housing Areas.
Along the way Lynch stopped to talk with Soldiers and family members in places like the Commissary Post Exchange and housing areas.
Diane M. Devens, region director, Installation Management Command-Europe and her husband Dr. Guy McCormick, accompanied the general and his wife throughout their visit.
Lynch told Baumholder leaders that during his community visits he would like to see where the community needs help. He explained that he understands military communities have great programs for Soldiers and families where he does not need to assist. He would rather see where the help is needed. To that end, Lynch focused on Baumholder's AAFES facilities and commissary, Soldier barracks, family housing and consistent facility repair funding. Lynch emphasized his understanding that IMCOM Europe has a plan to resolve issues and thanked everyone for their outstanding support to the Soldiers, civilians and families.
He pointed out that less than 2 percent of the nation has chosen to serve and that those who serve, be they civilians or Soldiers, are the true heroes.
While visiting the USAG Baumholder and USAG Wiesbaden earlier in the day he touched on his "stamp out stupid" initiative. If a program is no longer needed, get rid of it. He went on to discuss how we need to provide value in our services or we have no reasons to exist and how he believes IMCOM is of value and tasked the individual garrison directors to email him examples.